New podcast: “…and it’s writing.” (And Episode 1!)

Welcome to a new podcast project with fellow writer D.C. McNaughton! Together, we'll have a few drinks while we explore an aspect of writing craft in each episode by reviewing and revising some of our old, cringey writing. Each episode will also feature a themed beverage pairing. For the schedule and more episodes, check out …

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Custom Cocktail: Ecstasy Goldentongue

A little while ago, I started making custom cocktails and mocktails based on characters created for friends. Today's feature is a friend's DnD character, Tiefling Warlock Ecstasy Goldentongue. Artwork by Matt Spencer (Twitter / Website) Ecstasy is described by his player Matt as "Severe, elegant, meticulous, scheming, devoted (to his patron, and to his own …

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Character Craft Cocktails: Part 3

Part three of my character craft cocktails for my writing friends! I've loved this opportunity to create drinks inspired by their characters. Kaylin is from my critique partner Renee's novel. I associate the color green strongly with the character and wanted to make a cocktail that invoked these foresty colors. Kaylin has a lot of …

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Death of the Author and Queer Interpretations of Realm of the Elderlings

Okay, I know that's a long title, but bear with me on this one. I've been on a binge of the Buckkeep Radio podcast for about a month and it's gotten me thinking about how readers interact with media, as well as the role of the author once their work is out in the world. …

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NaNoWriMo: My Top 5 Sneaky Tips and Tricks

(NaNoWriMo logo in header courtesy of National Novel Writing Month). NaNoWriMo approacheth, and if this is your first year tackling the challenge, it can seem pretty daunting. Fifty thousand words? In 30 days? But there are a few ways to make it easier on yourself and to improve your chances of success. There are a …

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